25.8 Percent of Children Raised By A Single Parent

Child Support Can Be Critical To Meeting The Costs of Raising Kids

One in four children in the United States is being raised by a single parent — a percentage that has been on the rise and is higher than any other developed country, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Of the 27 industrialized countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the U.S. had 25.8 percent of children being raised by a single parent, compared with an average of 14.9 percent across the other countries.

Under these circumstances the issue of child support is usually very important, and it can be contentious. While most non-custodial parents acknowledge a responsibility to their children few view spousal support in the same light. The issue of spousal support and child support are often combined early in a divorce case which can lead the spouse ordered to pay to feel very resentful.

It is important that the court has as much factual information about the income of the parties as possible before the first temporary child support/spousal support order is issued. Click here to learn how judges in California decide on amounts in orders of temporary child support.

Amazingly, given its Catholic tradition, Ireland was second (24.3 percent), followed by New Zealand (23.7 percent). Greece, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg had among the lowest percentages of children in single-parent homes.


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